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Importance of old bulls

Older male elephants have an important role to play in the survival of the species by passing on their skills and knowledge to younger males, a study of African elephants suggests.

Connie Allen of the University of Exeter and charity Elephants for Africa.

“It has long been known that older females make more effective leaders of breeding herds due to their enhanced experience – we provide compelling support for a similar role of older males in the male society,” BBC Science and environment
A young adolescent next to an older bull in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park
potograph by Connie Allen

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